Mlusu backs increased budget to State Residences: ‘They need massive rehabilitation’

Finance minister Felix Mlusu has backed the decision to increase State Residences budget, saying they need massive rehabilitation.

Finance Minister Felix Mlusu: State Residences need rehabilitation 

Mlusu said after taking over  power, the Tonse Government found most of the State Residences in bad shape, adding that some were even leaking.

Asked why the state residences were in such bad shape when year in year out funds are allocated, Mlusu said they will look into the issue to understand what happened to the allocated funds.

Last week, opposition legislators  swung up in unison demanding reasons why State Residences and Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has overspent when President Lazarus Chakwera is preaching fiscal prudence in other government departments and ministries.

They also wonder the over spending when the presidency has been inactive for the past months due to covid-19 pandemic.

Budget and Finance committee of parliament chairperson Gladys Ganda has since queried Finance Minister Felix Mlusu’s decision to increase budgetary allocations for state residences and the Office of President and Cabinet.

Apparently, State Residences overspent its allocation by K120 million while, OPC overspent by K256 million .

Nevertheless, the two votes were among five votes that were passed in Parliament on Monday.

The opposition insists the move sets a bad precedence on treatment how to treat wasteful departments.

Ganda told Mlusu to adjust budgetary allocations with reason.

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Don't waste my Time in JHB
Don't waste my Time in JHB
4 months ago

And look at Capital Hill once the pride of Lilongwe now in shambles every building dilapidated. So what now?

Don't waste my Time in JHB
Don't waste my Time in JHB
4 months ago

Actually come and see the state Malawi consulate residences in JHB. Man!these guys have no pride. Kamuzu managed these with aplomb. What a shame

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
4 months ago

Koma amphawi matama. The US for instance has the White House in Washington and Camp David retreat in Maryland and the UK has Downing Street in London and the Chequers retreat in Buckinghamshire.

Banda
Banda
4 months ago

Better to sell off those State Residences such as Zomba and Mzuzu that are used very little. With better means of travel newer highways or even the use of a helicopter there is no need to have so many State House’s sitting vacant in such a small poor country.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
4 months ago

Does the minister know what rehabilitation means? The president briefly stayed at his residence prior to moving to Kamuzu palace because it was being rehabilitated. Why should be done now and then?The occupants of these state house are smart people who can not go around smearing dirty on the walls. After all they have maintenance teams on sites. Let us hope you are not going to change the original designs of these houses.

naneo
naneo
4 months ago

Boma iliro ndeye mbolambola

Kaluli The True Patriot
Kaluli The True Patriot
4 months ago

Hehehe!!!! From Nyekhwe to Nyikwi. To those who are Chewas know what l am talking about. Koma ziliko liko!!!! Chaka chino!!!! Kamuzu Palace is more than enough for the President. Just sell all the others. We need the money to resuscitate the economy.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
4 months ago

Exactly. I naively thought the coming in of this Tonse Alliance would bring in the much needed common sense in government. One of the things on the agenda was I thought would be to look into the issue of these many state houses. I thought these guys would sell off all but one state house in Lilongwe. Surely would be cheaper for the president to use hotels on visits outside of the capital.

Mdala
Mdala
4 months ago

We did not vote for Tonse, that they rehabilitate State Residences and feed the money to none performing ministers! We voted for more jobs, an industrialization drive in our economy, better infrastructure, starting with constant electricity supply…., but everything remains the same! The flow of our hard earned tax money goes always uphill? The question is: Does it serve selfish leadership or the servant leaders we got promised?

Osaopa II
4 months ago
Reply to  Mdala

While it is true that we do not need these state residences, it is equally true that they are useless.

Top
Top
4 months ago

it’s not a priority please. Just try to fix the damn economy

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
4 months ago

Is it the State residences that need upgrading or is it the State residents that need upgrading? Wasting money every year on State residences as if kulizinthu zanzelu coming from there. Just turn those white elephants into a museum.

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